Organizers fell short Thursday in gathering the required number of valid signatures to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently found guilty by the courts of engaging in racial profiling.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Wisconsin |
May 31, 2013
A state appeals court on Thursday overturned a Dane County judge's decision that found Wisconsin's voter ID law violated the state constitution, but the ID requirement remains blocked because of a ruling in a separate case.
Source: New York Times | New York City |
May 30, 2013
Two letters that contained threats to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg — one addressed to him, the other to a lobbyist who works on his gun control campaign — have tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, the authorities said on Wednesday.
Source: Los Angeles Times | California |
May 30, 2013
California lawmakers Wednesday advanced a dozen gun-control measures, including background checks for ammunition buyers, and gave early approval to a tax penalty on the Boy Scouts for barring openly gay leaders.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Wednesday that he is waiving the waiting period and automatically restoring the voting rights of non-violent felons who have completed their sentences and satisfied certain conditions.
Source: Christian Science Monitor | Indiana |
May 29, 2013
States aiming to restrict abortion access were dealt a setback Tuesday when the US Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal of a lower court decision blocking an Indiana measure that would have prohibited Medicaid funding for health providers that perform abortion services.
The Colorado Supreme Court's reversal of the Lobato school finance lawsuit, which handed a stinging defeat Tuesday to plaintiffs who for eight years sought greater and more equitable education funding, shifted even more attention to the recently passed bill that will seek financial help for schools from voters rather than the courts.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.